Memorandum that lord Bernard, abbot of Arbroath, in his name and the name of his convent, had asked Rayner son of Alan for sixty-six pounds for the teinds of the churches of Banff and Aberchirder (ABD), which were affirmed to Rayner by lord John of Angus, the late abbot of Arbroath, and twenty pounds for the teinds of Cythves, [possibly Culvie, Marnoch parish, ABD], [which are the sum totals of the teinds owed] for the years 1307, 1308 and 1309. Rayner, by his letter patent, states that the teinds owed to him by the parishioners and other faithful of the country in the vicinity were in essence completely destroyed by the common war and other inevitable impediments. In the presence of the official of Aberdeen, the quarrel over the teinds was resolved through the council of friends, viz.: that Rayner will give to the abbot or his lawyers at the villa of Aberdeen, during next the feast of Saint Andrew, three chalders of grain, four chalders of barley, and three chalders of wheat (all of good quality) so that the claims against Rayner will be put to rest and cease. Additionally, Rayner, by corporal oath, undertook to faithfully serve the lord abbot and his convent as steward from the villa of Colly all the way to the River Ness until the end of the five years, and during this time he will live in and will defend the lands and men of the abbot and convent in the aforesaid territories, and he will hold their courts, etc. And the lord abbot will give to Rayner for his service one decent robe annually, and the abbot will answer to him in relation to his expenses when he works, especially during the negotiations of the monastery which are to commence in the territories. However, Rayner is not to ask for any other salary. This said, if Rayner shall have been negligent or remiss in the office, and the abbot shall have decided to establish another steward, Rayner will pay to the steward, in the name of the abbot, forty shilling per year for his failure, along with the value of a robe, until the end of the five years. Further penalties are stipulated for Rayner’s failure to comply with the aforesaid, including submission to the jurisdiction and punishment of the officials of the court of Aberdeen and excommunication.
Monday 3 July 1312
Monday within the octaves of the feast of Peter and Paul (29 June) in the year of grace 1312